TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

BlazeDVD 6 offers viewers good video picture and excellent audio quality, simulating the sound of the theater. It comes with everything you need to enjoy the pleasure of relaxing to a good flick, and is our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winning DVD player software. The ability to watch HD videos has been a recent addition and helps BlazeDVD compete as one of the best overall DVD players. 

Feature Set
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9.3/10
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9.3
9
9.3
7.3
7.5
7.3
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6.8

BlazeDVD includes a variety of features in its software package, including the ability to set parental controls, bookmark your favorite scenes, and play many of the common VOB files, like Windows Media Video and DivX, right from the hard drive easily. It of course offers NTSC region support as well PAL which is what is most commonly used for DVDs.

You do not simply watch movies with this software; there is much more than that. You can alter the coloring, zoom in during film play, adjust contrast and more.

Ease of Use
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7.8/10
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9.4
9
7.8
9.5
8.8
9
5.5
7.5
7.5

BlazeDVD is setup as a two window system. One window is the screen for watching movies and the other is for the DVD manager tool for playing, fast-forwarding, etc. Now it is nice to be able to put the manager tool anywhere you want but it is slightly annoying when you need it in the middle of a movie for something simple like pausing. Thanks to Windows, we have alt+tab to save the day.

After inserting the DVD, the movie will automatically begin playing. The tool bar is always displayed in regular viewing mode, but if you need it while in full screen, all you need to do is click the mouse and it will appear. This software is extremely easy to use and works very well.

Video Quality
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8.8/10
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8.8
8.8
8.8
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8
7.5
5
5

The video quality of BlazeDVD is good, but the resolution lacks the sharpness that some of the other top ten products have. If you have one of those wall sized screen monstrosities then this may not be the product for you. In part this may be because of the lack of HD support. Aside from WMV-HD BlazeDVD 6 has little in the way of Hi-Resolution formats and support. On the other hand, this is an area that they have improved greatly and we’re sure they are continuing that effort still.

Audio Quality
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8.8/10
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9.4
8
8.8
8.8
8
5.8
7.5
9
5

BlazeDVD has excellent audio quality, offering multi-channel support, LPCM (Linear Phase Code Modulation), and the ability to play Microsoft DirectSound. With all that you can enjoy everything from a classic Dolby Digital surround sound system to SRS quality stereo or headphones. The only issue is that the standard version is limited to only 5.1 surround sound. In order to compliment a larger sound system, you’ll have to upgrade to BlazeDVD 6 Pro. Check out the upgrades on the top ten DVD player software main page.

Help/Support
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8.5/10
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3.8
9
2.5
2.5

BlazeDVD includes a limited amount of help documentation with the player. The website presents a FAQs segment, or you may email technical support. As long as the technical support team has answers and info there’s no worries.

BlazeDVD Summary:
8.6/10

BlazeDVD 6 is a very good DVD player software product, offering useful features and a friendly navigation system. It may not have a few of the niceties that are available out there but it is still a powerful program. It’ll play what you want and play it well.

 
 
 

BlazeDVD 6 Professional

Pros
BlazeDVD supports playback of a large number of movie file formats.

Cons
The DVD player software doesn't support H.264 playback.

The Verdict
: 8.63/10

BlazeDVD is a solid DVD Player application with a good combination of features and quality playback.